A Sudden Poet

illustration by julie gough

In December last year I was asked to illustrate a poetry book by gail from devizes. I created all illustrations
for the book using the poetry as inspiration and was also responsible for the layout.

A Sudden Poet is available from Devizes Books for £7.

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Exhibition of Illustrated Women in History



I will be exhibiting selected portraits from Illustrated Women in History at HOURS gallery in Bristol, England.

There will be a public launch event on Saturday April 9th 5-9 pm with a FAN CLUB NOTTS DJ set. You can find

out more about FAN CLUB and what they do here and on tumblr @fanclubzine


Other viewing times will be Sunday 10th April 10am – 4pm and after that you will then be able to view the

illustrations by arrangement until April 21st.

Entry is free.

You can find out more on the Facebook event here

Sketchbook Project 2016

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These illustrations are part of my submission for the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project 2016.

My sketchbook began as drawings of flowers that were a part of my wedding bouquet. I used the sketchbook to experiment with line drawings of flowers to work on and refine my drawing skills as I usually work digitally.

Illustrated Women in History

Emily_Wilding_Davison_by_Julie Gough

After reading, and getting angry about the recent articles about the museum which was granted planning permission based on an application stating it to be a museum for celebrating women in history and instead has manifested as a Jack the Ripper museum. I was inspired to start looking in women in history, I hadn’t realised before how little I know about the women who should be celebrated throughout history but aren’t because they just aren’t part of the things that we are taught in school. I am going to learn about women in history and illustrate the women I look into as a small way of celebrating their achievements.

These are the first three illustrations I have done of Emmeline Pankhurst, Harriet Tubman and Emily Wilding Davison. You can read about these women and more on my blog at Illustrated Women in History



Emmeline Pankhurst_by_Julie_Gough

Painted Skull Patterned Tote Bag

Skull patterned tote with process photos

1. Pencil outlines

2. First skull hand painted in fabric paint

3. Painting in progress

4. Finished tote bag with skull pattern

Wedding Favour badges

Badges by Julie Gough

Badges by Julie Gough

Badges by Julie Gough

1″ badge designs created as wedding favours for Mr & Mrs Peck’s wedding favours. The first two images are alternative options and the third is the design that the couple chose. All options feature hand drawn type and the heart and banner were illustrated for the design.

Julie & Steven – Wedding Invitation

Vintage Wedding Invitation by Julie Gough

This Save the Date and Wedding invitations were designed in a retro style using the couples favourite colour.

Banners were created to add in the colour and there is a hand drawn, simple map created to accompany the simple directions. A tape was illustrated for the R.S.V.P card which includes a line for song requests.

I have also included other designs created for the wedding including a programme of the day, ‘Reserved’ signs for the family and an instructional poster for guests to take polaroid photos of themselves.


Wedding Invitation – Sarah & Michael

Save the Date by Julie Gough


Save the Date & Wedding Invitation for Sarah & Michael.


The couple went with a travel theme for their invitations and I created a world map illustration for the background for both the front of the invitation itself, and the save the date. The Save the Date has hand drawn writing across it and a faux stamp that ties in with the travel theme.

The invitations are designed to look like air mail with the patterned border – only in the wedding colours the couple had picked. They asked for a custom illustrated map for their directions showing landmarks for the closest towns or cities. The invitations were printed in the dimensions of a postcard so that the R.S.V.P would be the perfect size to be sent back.

Wedding Invitation by Julie Gough